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Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc all summer in Charlotte

Sauvignon Blanc wines usually have bright aromas of limes and grapefruit, and their acidity makes them refreshing matches with summer foods like seafood and salads.
Sauvignon Blanc wines usually have bright aromas of limes and grapefruit, and their acidity makes them refreshing matches with summer foods like seafood and salads. McClatchy file photo

International Sauvignon Blanc Day was April 24, and there was a global party online to celebrate.

St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley started the celebration five years ago, using social media to share the Sauvignon Blanc love. Using the hashtag #SauvBlancDay on on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the celebration encouraged lovers of the grape variety to share thoughts and images.

Sauvignon Blanc has lots of fans. It’s a grape variety that makes many styles of wine all over the world, but all share a kiss of citrus aromas and flavor, an attractive herbal note, and a jolt of racy, refreshing acidity. Fabulous with food, but just as much fun alone, wines made from the sauvignon blanc grape are the go-to favorite for lots of wine drinkers.

There’s even a website devoted to the grape called Summertime in a Glass. This year, Summertime in a Glass, along with the New Zealand Winegrowers Association, joined St. Supery as co-sponsors of Sauvignon Blanc Day.

There are three particularly iconic regions for the production of Sauvignon Blanc-based wines. Sancerre, in France’s Loire Valley has a lovely herbal and citrus note, with an underlying restrained minerality. In Sancerre, as well as other places in the European Union, wines are labeled by the area of production, rather than the grape variety.

In California, Sauvignon Blanc wines may have pretty notes of lime, citrus and often some flavors of tangerine or melon. In the

Marlborough region of New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc wines have a fruit-forward style, oozing aromas of pink grapefruit and passionfuit, with zesty acidity. You’ll find beautiful examples from almost every country, with standouts from Chile and South Africa as well.

Sauvignon Blanc-based wines are warm-weather friendly. They pair nicely with salads, and they’re terrific with seafood. These wines are widely available in a variety of prices, from everyday to special occasion. Carefully curated examples can be found in local wine shops, but a big selection is also available at most grocery stores.

St. Superys’ Napa Valley Estates Sauvignon Blanc makes a beautifully balanced, elegant version with flavors of lime and grapefruit and a hint of fennel for around $20. New Zealand’s Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc, with bright pineapple and passion fruit flavors, retails for around $13. Both are widely available locally.

Next year, remember to lift a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on April 24 and post it to your favorite social media site.

Catherine Rabb is co-owner of Fenwick’s and a senior instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. Email: Catherine.rabb@jwu.edu.

Want to learn more?

Sauvignon Blanc Day: www.stsupery.com/sauvblancday

New Zealand wine: www.nzwine.com/wine-talk/

Summertime in a Glass: www.sauvblanc.org/

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